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>> reporter: that's no way to recycle. >> stop it! >> reporter: jeanne moos -- >> thank you, bye-bye. >> son of a [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: cnn, new york. >> thank you. remember, you can always follow what's going on in "the situation room" on twitter. tweet me, @wolfblitzer. thank you very much for joining me. the news continues next on cnn. are you in the cnn newsroom. great to see you, i'm susan hendricks in for don lemon today. want to get you up to speed on the day's headlines now. the pope's former butler went on trial today in a vatican courtroom that is off limits to tourists. he is accused of stealing secret papers from pope benedict xvi and leaking them to an italian journalist. the court denied a motion to strike some of the evidence including a gold nugget found in his apartment. the butler faces a sentence of up to eight years in convicted. winds ripping through the japanese island of okinawa.
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this is all from hurricane jelawat. winds near the center of the storm are just over 100 miles per hour. same as a category 3 hurricane. at least 50 people suffered injuries while more than 270,000 homes have no power. the storm is expected to weaken as it moves north in colder waters. on four -- on three! >> yes, it is over. the labor battle between the nfl and its referees. officially over. the refs union formally ratified a new contract today. earlier this week, the union and the league agreed to the deal in time for the regular refs to return for thursday night's game. critics said the performance of the replacement refs was hurting the integrity of the game. i know a lot of people happy that they're back. you know, general motors is recalling more than 4,000 cars. -- 40,000 cars. it is concerned about a fuel pump module that could crack and cause a fire. the recall affects the 2007 and 2009 cheverolet cobalt, pontiac
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g5, sat under ion, as well. g.m. will replace the part for free. thank you very much for coming out, everybody. >> to the presidential race where republican paul ryan is campaigning in new hampshire and ohio today. ♪ also vice president joe biden wrapped up a two-day swing in florida including a stop in ft. myers. there were no public events today, they're prepping for wednesday's debate. we've learned that senator john kerry is going to play the role of mitt romney in the president's practice sessions. ohio senator rob portman is portraying the president in mitt romney's debates, as well. president obama and mitt romney will go face to face wednesday in the first of three presidential debates. you can watch it live right here on cnn, 7:00 eastern. and also don't miss that. we could all agree having children changes your life forever. as parents, we want what is best for our kids.
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we want to make sure our children are safe and happy. you would think that would be the case for every parent. not so. take a look at this man. this father was willing to strap on a vest filled with explosives and kill as many people as possible, including himself. this father wanted to desert his son, let him grow up without a dad. this father says it is perfectly okay if his 4-year-old son becomes a suicide bomber, too. cnn got this stunning exclusive interview with the father whose choices are so difficult to understa understand. >> reporter: behind these high walls of the prison, among the 7,000 inmates, are several men who say they're hellbent on being terrorists. we've come here to meet a confessed would-be suicide bomber, one of hundred now locked up behind bars. 25-year-old rajallah believed he was carrying out god's will when he and his friends planned an
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tw attack on american soldiers. he said he agreed to wear a suicide vest and kill as many as panel. "it's a special feeling that comes to you when you are ready for a suicide attack," he tells me. "no one can stop you. no one could stop me." that is, except the law. when police arrested him five months ago in jalalabad during the planning of the attack. he's now awaiting trial. proudly a member of the taliban, he says no one encouraged him to do this. "look at our situation. the foreigners kill our people. insult our religion. burning the holy koran and making cartoons of our prophet mohammed. if we don't defend islam, then we are not muslim." suicide bombings and other attacks are now daily currencies in the war in afghanistan. and the methods of the insurgents are constantly changing, according to the prison boss, general muhammad khan. "the enemy don't use their own tactics. now they use women.
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sometimes children and teenagers. they even get dressed up in military uniforms. they don't fight face to face. they're coward." the taliban denies recruiting children as suicide bombers. the facts tell a very different story. authorities say just a few days ago a 10-year-old orphan boy managed to escape from insurgents who were going to make him wear a suicide vest so he could blow himself up in front of coalition troops. rujallah has a 4-year-old son who he says he loves and misses very much. when i asked him how he'd feel if his child was used as a suicide bomber, he tells me -- "if he wants to be a suicide bomber when he gets older, well, then, no one can stop him. if he follows islam and does it for islam, then that's a good thing." at times he speaks with hatred in his eyes, and then there are moments when he smiles explaining this is all a test from god. "our real life starts after doomsday, so this is not our
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real life. this world is a paradise for pagans and a hell for muslims. we just need to be patient." the afghan intelligence service and armed forces say they have foiled dozens of attacks in recent months. and while that's an encouraging sign, rujallah says there are thousands of others just like him, ready to put on a suicide vest and die for their country and their religion. cnn, kabul. >> our thanks for that report. the syrian opposition says at least 94 people have been killed today in the fighting across the country. and rebels in aleppo say they are engaged in the battle for the country's largest city. [ speaking in native language ] [ explosion ] >> this video here is said to be from that city. cnn, though, cannot confirm its authenticity at this time. no one disputes that the fighting there has been some of the fiercest of the war. muhammad jamjoon looks at the
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latest casualty, the ancient market. >> reporter: rebels battled forces in the syrian city of aleppo saturday in what the opposition is describing as a decisive battle to push out president bashar al assad's forces and gain control once and for all. the seesaw fight for aleppo which is effectively at a stalemate has been ongoing since july. the number of casualties there has been steadily increasing. opposition activists say this in t that -- say that in the past few days, aleppo has experienced the heaviest fighting yet. syrian arab news agency reported that syrian forces have killed and wounded armed terrorists at several sites in aleppo on saturday, including part of the city's medieval historic marketplace there. meanwhile, amateur video posted on line purported to show a fire spreading through that area. it's still unclear how the fire began and how much of the market was burning. but several activists say this it was fighting between -- say it was fighting between syrian
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forces and rebels that sparked the blaze. there are a labyrinth of narrow alleyways where everything is sold. once a major tourist attraction, and just one of the reasons why the heart of syria's commercial and cultural capital is a uinvestigate oh world heritage -- unesco world heritage site. girls charged as adults for a vicious beating that involved a woman in their neighborhood. what is worse, this video -- take a look here. [ screaming ] >> it is tough to watch. this is outside of philadelphia. police say the woman being beaten here is mentally disabled and say the girls told them they attacked her, "just for fun." they posted this video on facebook. that is how police found out about it. here's one of the girls' mothers commenting. >> i never talked to my child since she came from school yesterday. y'all can't talk to her again.
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>> what about your other daughter? >> i don't know the story. can you news 4 back? >> she apparently was the instigator if you look at the video. >> i haven't seen the video, and i haven't talked to my child. i'm sorry for the fings that happened. but i have -- the things that happened. but i have nothing else to say. >> they're charged with first-degree assault, aggravated assault, locked occupy $50,000 bail. yes, they went digging for jimmy hoffa again. one of the original investigators, he has something to say about the searching. >> it's a bunch of crapoh -- crapola. and child sex trafficking, those word are disturbing enough. even more disturbing, how web sites make ordering a girl for sex as simple as ordering a pizza. the report is next. that febreze car vent clips crap olda. something fresh. a beach.
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jimmy hoffa. here in roseville, michigan, police took an hour to carefully remove soil samples from beneath a shed and a driveway at a house where back in 1975 a tipster now says that he thinks that he saw what could have been a body buried inside that shed in the ground. so police took soil samples. they dug about six feet under to remove them, and those soil samples will now be analyzed. now the fbi is pretty skeptical about this information. and so, frankly, is the police chief here. he says, hey, we have to check this out. >> i don't think t's mr. hoffa. it would be great if it was. i would love to bring closure to his family and the hundreds of thousands of teamsters that idolize this man. just for southeastern michigan. this is like an open wound that won't go away. >> there's been a lot of earth moved looking for the remains of jimmy hoffa. all negative so far. >> reporter: two samples were removed from the ground. police say they looked murky because of all the groundwater.
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those samples are now going to a lab at michigan state university. and they expect to know some time monday whether there are human remains buried beneath the driveway. if there are, then there will be a larger excavation. they've had tips before that have not panned out. now the question, is will police crack the case, or will it remain an unsolved mystery? susan candiotti, cnn, roseville, michigan. >> thank you. we talked with a retired fbi agent a while ago who says hoffa's body will never be found. he guarantees it. why? because he says there is no body. you will hear him explain in a minutes. first, the fascination with jimmy hoffa. he's been missing nearly 40 years, and still every time a tipster claims to know his whereabouts, you pay attention, don't you? we all do. here now is carol costello. >> reporter: jimmy hoffa. the mafia-backed union guy remained unbowed despite the efforts of then-attorney general
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robert kennedy. "hoffa: the movie." >> the justice department has plenty on you, mr. hoffa. >> you don't impress me. i don't need $300 million. and my brother elected president will [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: in 1975 he disappeared. an american anti-hero was born. many believe the mafia killed hoffa and buried his body under the former giants stadium until they eventually dug it up and built a new stadium. no body, no love amp in 2004, floorboards were removed from a detroit home to look for traces of hoffa's blood. no go. a haorse barn was razed -- no hoffa. his brother is a member of the international group of teamsters without a connection to crime. still, he can't escape his father's note right. he urged fellow members to defeat tea party candidates. it was the way he said it that caused a firestorm.
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>> you know what, everybody here's got a vote. if we go bad, we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a [ bleep ] out and give america back to america where we belong! >> reporter: hoffa refused to apologize, and his union is equally tough when it comes to the latest clue in jimmy hoffa's death. "the hoffa family does not respond every time a tip is received by authorities. they will have no comment until there is a reason to comment." >> now remember i told you that some fbi agents are convinced jimmy hoffa's body will never ever be found. they are convinced he is dead and his body was disposed of thoroughly. earlier on cnn, we talked with an fbi agent who worked for years on the jimmy hoffa case. fredricka whitfield asked him if all the digging and searching was a big waste of time and money. >> well, i think it is. i mean, the fbi has spent a lot of time. the last entry into the area was a tip on the farm in milford that was owned by a former
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organized crime steamster official. that turned up nothing -- teamster official. that turned up nothing. this has cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars. it led to where i always thought it would lead, that is nobefono. >> do you feel like police jurisdictions will always be on a wild goose chase, if you call it that, because it is a legendary, you know, kind of urban myth. the mystery that continues to fascinatcinate so many. >> you're correct. it is a mystery. it continues to fascinate a lot of people. and we'll go on and on. right away as soon as this happened, the thing that struck me was the tipster refused to take a polygraph examination. you know, right away that's got to tell you something. and the timeline was not correct either. law enforcement, local law enforcement could do what they wanted to do and drilled a hole. they came up empty. and as my grandson had told me many times when confronted with similar situations, it's a bunch of crapola. it doesn't mean anything. it never will. and it's never going to be solved. we know it happened, we know who
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of involved. and unfortunately, the people that were involved, they could be prosecuted, are down to only two or three individuals. >> what point will jurisdictions just simply say, case closed? we're never going to really be able to, you know, tie this up, conclude it succinctly, but we realize it's just a mystery that will forever go down in infamy as just that, a mystery? >> well, the investigation itself as to who, what, where, when, and why is well-known and has been well-known to the fbi and law enforcement for a long period of time. the mystery surround the body itself. where is the body? and it's our opinion, the fbi and based on their investigation, that the body was disposed of, bottle of acid:ed up, in a crematorium, whatever, so could it never be found. that's what we believe happened. all these tips from now on ad infinitum will lead nowhere. >> monday michigan police will tell us what if anything turns
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if los angeles, the opening scenes of carmageddon two appear to be free of traffic jams. ten miles of one of the busiest freeways in america are closed in los angeles. a repeat of what happened last year. kyung lah joins us from the 405. tell us why they're doing this, about the big demolition. >> reporter: the reason why they're doing it is because they're trying to widen the 405, adding a carpool lane. when all this construction is done, there's going to be 73 miles of carpool lane from orange county all the way through los angeles. and it's going to be the longest in the world. but the demolition that we've been watching all day, it's actually this bridge over my shoulder. this is the mulholland bridge. and that entire middle section that you're looking at, well, just a couple of hours ago, that wasn't there. let's look at what we were watching throughout the day. giant sections of the northern part of this bridge were coming
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down because they need to move the pillars further out so that the 405 can be widened for that carpool lane. so as you watch this concrete fall, the reason they can't have traffic on the 405 is because clearly it's not going to be safe to drive around that. there's no other options. so what carmageddon is, and it's a catch phrase for this, it's shutting down a vieds, vital thoroughfare. as you come back live and look at the freeway, in is really simply stunning. just looking at a major freeway like this, if you've been to los angeles, you know how vital this freeway is to have no vehicles on it. so carmageddon is a concern that with this major artery closed in los angeles, there is a massive traffic spillover on to the other freeways. but susan, happy to tell you that so far we are hearing that there hasn't been any major traffic incidents, any major traffic backups. there are certainly -- appears to be a few more cars on the road than the first time around. people may have their guard down a little bit. but we aren't seeing the massive
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gridlock that is feared. >> such a good thing. i've been in it on the 405. that's what they're trying to get rid of. thank you. you know, girls as young as 14 kidnapped, raped, and forced into prostitution. their pimps posting graphic ads on line. >> make me beg. smack me. spit on me. degrade me. choke me. okay -- >> that's on line, that's a mistake. >> all new, you don't want to miss this. we continue an investigation into the rise and n sex trafficking. and confronts the web site that prosecutors say is making this all happen. big splash with the employees. [ duck yelling ] [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ♪ ha ha!
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vulnerable than adults and usually get coerced by sex manipulate later who lure children with false promises of friendship, food, love. >> these pimps are pretty adroit to manipulative people. they see a young woman hanging out, particularly if she's by herself, and racetrastrike up a conversation. they may flatser them, take them for a -- flatter them, take them for a meal. the end of the evening is sex and subsequently they're in the business of prostitution. >> reporter: that business once found mainly on street corners is thriving on line. a nationwide classified web site like people place ads selling all kinds of things. just a glance at the escort section leaves little doubt what's for sale. how would you feel, for example, i mean, as a mother if you saw an ad like this? or an ad like this? or -- i mean, this girl, she says she's 19. i mean, if you saw your daughter in this -- like this, how would
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-- >> i would be horrified. and i am horrified for those mothers. and my heart goes out to those mothers and to their daughters who are victims of exploitation. >> am i wrong? isn't prostitution simply illegal? >> prostitution is illegal, and we don't permit illegal activity on the web site. >> but what are they selling? >> we have -- there are legal adult entertainment services. >> you are playing a role in this problem -- >> reporter: attorney liz mcdougal is trying to convince people what's advertised in the adult section is legal. not only the services for sale but the ages of girls selling it. it's not an easy job. when prosecutors are demanding the section be shut down. >> when we get a case involving the trafficking of prostitution, usually the story is going to start on >> reporter: for this mother, that's exactly where the story took her 14-year-old daughter. >> the daughter i know is a kid
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that likes to color. >> reporter: we're calling her dawn to protect the identity of her underage daughter, who she says ran away with a man who seduced her on line. within days, that man posted pictures of the teen on, selling the child into prostitution. allegations detailed in a criminal complaint. >> he took her and beat her into submission to raping her. and then held her into prostitution. it totally, totally crushed me to know that somebody actually did this to her. >> reporter: the accused pimp pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. it's one of more than 50 cases in some 23 states of people who advertise girls for sex under
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have you seen the ad for your daughter? >> no. i don't think i'd want to see it. it's too scary. the thought of a little kid coloring, posing. no. i -- nah, i've never seen it. >> reporter: some would say all you're doing is legitimizing prostitution. >> we're not in the prostitution business when we're doing everything to impede prostitution, to impede the exploitation of women, children, boys, men, labor, sex trafficking. we're -- the internet is, unfortunately, the vehicle for this. and within the internet, we are trying to be the sheriff. >> reporter: mcdougall argues it's better to have ads on a web site that works with law enforcement to stop child exploitation than it is to drive it underground or offshore where u.s. laws don't apply. minnesota prosecutor john choi disagrees. like many other law enforcement
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authorities, he believes backpage is part of the problem, not the solution. has backpage ever helped you in a case? >> that has never been the case. i have never seen come to the authorities and say, we have some suspicious activity going on. >> if we had a silver bullet to eradicate it, we would. >> isn't the silver bullet shutting it down? >> no. i wish that it were. as you can see when craigslist shut down, people had said that was the silver bullet. and that made no difference. >> reporter: no difference because people simply moved their erotic ads over to backpage, making it the number-one web site for adult service ads in the country. and that means huge profits. more than $28 million in ad revenue in the last 12 months, according to a.i.m., an internet research group. you benefited -- >> yes. >> you picked up the slack, filled the void. you made -- >> you're right. a tremendous number of the ads came to us. >> reporter: backpage accounts for almost 75% of revenue from
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adult service ads tracked by a.i.m. nearly 90,000 sex ads were posted nationwide for the month of july. mcdougall says they mobtor nito content, monitoring code words used by traffickers and check ads manually before posting. she says about 400 suspicious ads a month get flagged to the national center for missing and exploited children. yet ads like this are not hard to find. i mean, i'm having a hard time with this, too. make me beg, degrade me, spit on me, choke me. >> that's f that's on line, that's a mistake. i will certainly say that there are -- our moderators are human beings, and there are mistakes. one of my first orders of priority is improving the policing. if what you read is on our web site, that's a mistake. that should be off. that should never be permitted. that violates our terms of use and our policies.
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>> reporter: dawn only learned the details of her daughter's ordeal by reading the criminal complaint. her daughter, in a safe place and getting the help she needs, cannot talk about it. you think she'll be able to get past it somehow? >> with the therapy and lots of therapy that we are doing now, i am praying a lot that she will recover from it. but i don't think it's going to fully ever go away. >> reporter: as for the men who who buy girls on line -- >> i don't think anything of them. i -- they're bottom of the food chain. no, they're worse than that. >> thank you for joining us live. i can't imagine the pain that that mom is feeling knowing that her daughter was on that web site. it seems as though is not backing down. although they're threatened with lawsuits. >> they really aren't. and this is fascinating.
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liz mcdougall, who you saw, has become the face of this issue. she's truly convinced that this web site is a way to rescue children. especially runaways s. that a rationalization for a lucrative adult services business? from the conversations we had, she seemed sincere in wanting to help kids. the real sit that backpage is help -- the reality is that b s backpage is helping the problem. and there was an announcement to buy media outlets, the hope by separating, putting it out on its own, that they will win back advertisers. and basically be a viable company. so they're really trying to separate it and basically say to backpage, look, okay, right now this is a bad business model. >> and human trafficking is a prevalent problem. and president obama bringing up the issue, come is good. >> yeah. absolutely. and what's so fascinating also is that the federal government has really stepped up to its game in how they deal with this. just this week at the clinton
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global initiative, president obama talked about human trafficking, the fbi has put together a task force to deal with this. there are a record number of federal prosecutions taking place all across the country. traffickers are being given much steeper sentences. really what the federal government is trying to do, they're trying to tamp down on this problem before it gets so explosive that they just can't even dream of putting it back in the bottle. that's going to be a difficult challenge. >> thank you very much. it's a difficult topic but needs to be discussed. people need to know about this. appreciate. it next weekend, you will hear from some of the women who as young girls were sold for sex. take a listen. >> by a show of hands, how many of you were raped? how many of you have scars because of what you went through, physical scars? emotional scars? how many? how long does it take to heal? >> you may never -- you may never heal.
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>> stories of struggle, survival, and what life is like inside the world of sex trafficking. that is next saturday night, 7:00 eastern. don't miss that. next in the cnn newsroom, college graduates leaving school with thousands of dollars in debt. the presidential election just weeks away. we're going to break down how both candidates plan to deal with student loans. now we need a little bit more... a little bit more vanilla? this is great! [ male announcer ] at humana, we believe there's never been a better time to share your passions... because the results... are you having fun doing this? yeah. that's a very nice cake! [ male announcer ] well, you can't beat them. [ giggles ] ohh! you got something huh? whoa... [ male announcer ] humana understands the value of spending time together that's a lot of work getting that one in! let's go see the birdies. [ male announcer ] one on one, sharing what you know. let's do it grandpa. that's why humana agents will sit down with you, to listen and understand what's important to you. it's how we help you choose the right humana medicare plan for you. because when your medicare is taken care of,
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with annual tuitions around $40,000 a year at some schools, many families cannot afford to pay for college. but some will say there's a harsh reality among the middle class. you can't afford to go to college and you can't afford not to. christine romans goes in depth on the high cost of college.
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>> reporter: when jackie graduated from brown university this year, she put off going straight to medical school. instead, she took a research job at sloan-kettering hospital. >> it was nice to have a paying job where i can pay back part of my student loans before going to med school and possibly adding on a lot more. >> reporter: and she had plenty of them, $100,000 worth. why? her family is middle class. her mother works in a school, her dad owns a bar. she says they're considered too wealthy to qualify for many grants, but she says not wealthy enough to have saved the money for the more than $50,000 a year to attend brown. >> whether you're in the middle dallas, you're a normal suburban family, but you don't make an outrageous amounts of money. you can't pay for outrageous prices for tuition. >> reporter: she's not alone. student loan debt hit a trillion dollars last year. even tuition for public four-year colleges rose 68% over the last decade. enter the presidential campaign
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with college affordability a key issue for younger voters. >> i want to make college more affordable for every young person with the initiative and drive to go and make sure they're not burdened by thousands of dollars worth of debt. >> reporter: president obama has expanded pell grants and cut out the banks as middlemen for the loans, allowing students to borrow directly from the government. now obama proposes to slow tuition grants by increasing state grants. yet he'd need congress to help fund that. >> i'm not going to promise free stuff that i know you're going to end up paying for. i want to give you a great job so you'll be able to pay it back yourself. [ applause ] >> reporter: mitt romney's plan to help students -- remove burdensome regulations and get the government out of the student loan business. romney says the flood of federal dollars just drives up tuition. molly corbett broad of the american council on education says the recession's heavy toll on state budgets is also a factor. >> when the state reduces its
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support, the only other place to turn for most colleges in the public sector is to increase tuition. >> reporter: either way, students like jackie feel left out in the cold. >> a lot of people who don't have students college n college or don't have kids my age think, like, you're wealthy enough to go to college, or you get financial aid from the government. it's not that simple. >> reporter: christine romans, cnn, new york. >> now, a recent study by fidelity investments shows families are way behind their college savings goals. fewer than 1/3 of parents with college-bound children are even considering the total cost of college. and only 30% of all families are on track to cover that hefty cost. he just won an emmy for his role on "two and a half men." so how acting along side ashton kutcher different from acting alongside charlie sheen? the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received
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your questions questions. >> can you tell me the different relationship with charlie than you do with ashton now? >> thank you professor x. ohthe difference in playing my character alan with ashton's character, walden, as opposed to charlie, harper's character, was that charlie harper and alan are brothers. and so they're sort of stuck together no matter what. there was a great deal of irritation in their relationship. but alan and walden are actually friends. i have been where you are. rejected, friendless, broke. >> i'm not broke. i'm worth like $1 billion. >> beg pardon? they're a weird friendship, and that's what makes it fun to play. it is a very different vibe. >> every time i see you on tv, i always think of another actor. and i'm wondering if you are somehow related to him. >> okay. >> his name is matthew
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broderick. >> i have been mistaken for matthew broderick for many, many, many years. even when i was working as an usher before i got a job as an actor. people used to say, oh, you were wonderful in "torch song trilogy." that's wonderful. here's your seat. you know. i'm not matthew broderick. we do resemble each other. he's a lovely guy. he is very -- he has rarely been mistaken for me. it does go g both ways, but rarely. there's much worse people to be mistaken for. so i'll take it. >> my question is in regards to the movie "pretty in pink." what inspired you when you danced to the otis redding song? you touched a lot of us. it was fantastic. >> originally, there were all kind of songs. at one point i was going to sing a rolling stones song. then the director said, no, i think it's got to be something specific and passionate. ♪
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>> i had not actually heard the song before. he played it for me. i got together with a choreographer. and just had a -- a great time one day and came one fun stuff to do. i basically was trying to show how ridiculous a white boy could be in that situation. and i think we achieved that. >> funny guy. he does look like matthew broderick, right? the next celebrity in the hot seat -- go to and ask away. look at all the reporters on the ryder cup wraps up tomorrow. something this man is making the big news for all the wrong reasons. we'll go live to the tournament next. [ male announcer ] sponges take your mark. ♪ [ female announcer ] one drop of ultra dawn has twice the everyday grease cleaning ingredients of one drop of the leading non-concentrated brand...
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the top golfers from the u.s. and europe are on a showdown for the ryder cup. the three-day come petition hea into the final day tomorrow. the u.s. is in a very strong position in case you didn't know. cnn's shane odonahue joins me from medinah country club in illinois. we are hearing that the energy is unlike any other golf tournament. >> well, it is a unique event that happens every two years and the honors have been shared over the last two contests between europe and the united states, but the home side really do have home advantage, and no doubt about that. chicago is a sports mad city, susan, and well, the u.s. are really dominating as we speak. they led after the opening day, 5-3, and they doubled that lead after the morning foursomes this morning to would you believe
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8-4, and now they go into the final day singles after more come petition this afternoon wi the afternoon four balls leading 10-6. so that is quite a lead going into the final 12 singles tomorrow. there's no doubt, too, of the great heroes have been a rookie and a hall of famer. they have combined brilliantly. phil mickelson is a four-time major champion and recently inducted into the world golf hall of fame, with but he is a man setting out on the professional career is his partner, kegan bradley from massachusetts. it is bradley who has been the star attraction here. those two have combined the play three matches, and they have won all three. they were rested this afternoon and i had a brief moment with kegan bradley and i was catching up with him, and wondering how he has found the new experience. >> it is just, it's just been a great couple of days. i have been enjoying myself and having fun. i need to bring this type of attitude to my regular season
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tour more often. >> well, he is going to be sensati sensational tomorrow in the final singles. he is looking to have a clean sweep here and perhaps add another great victory to his impressive tally so far, but it has been a wonderful event and no doubt about it, the u.s. are on top and dominating and under brilliant blue skies it looks like they are on for another victory here in the ryder cup, but there is one day to go, susan. >> yes, i heard that bubba watson and webb simpson said they are feeling the pressure, and tiger woods is not doing so well and the u.s. is in the lead, and shane, great job. thanks so much and great talking to you. talk about a ckodak moment, and a young boy's first kiss, and that is so camera-worthy. it made countless others jealous. that is who it is with, carrie underwood. helping generations through tough times. good times.
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well, it is a moment most people remember for the rest of their lives, but one boy's first kiss is especially unforgettable, and cnn's jeanne moos explains why it s. >> reporter: how does a 12-year-old manage to get a country music star to give him his very first kiss ever? sign language from the front row. >> the sign says, carrie, give me your first kiss. what do you say we make that happen? >> reporter: the next thing you know carrie underwood was
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holding chase's hand on stage at this louisville, kentucky, concert. but before he went up he had an inkling that she saw him. >> i saw her wink at me. >> and i do remember my very first kiss. >> reporter: and was this really the first time you kised a girl? >> yes, it is my first kiss. >> reporter: but how? >> lip-to-lip. >> reporter: chase cuts to the chase. this being the first kiss, he needed some instruction. >> okay. close your eyes. >> reporter: a first kiss never ever to be forgotten, especially since it was caught on youtube from so many angles, and what did you learn? >> i learned close my eyes. and to determination. >> reporter: he later exchanged
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tweets with carrie underwood and hash tag lip to lip and his friends call hied him the lucki dude in the world. so unfair to kiss her. how was it? >> it was amazing. words can't describe. >> reporter: the words on the sign were outlined by his dad, and chase colored them in and the family need a fun distraction. right before memorial day, they got burned out of their house when lightning struck, and now a spark of a different kind. carrie gave chase a taste few have had and let alone 12-year-old boys. >> i learned something else, too. >> reporter: what is that? >> she wears cherry lip balm. >> reporter: and no matter how many country music award kisses she has, she won't forget his. will you wash your lips or brush your teeth? >> wellbly brush my teeth, but not my lips. >> repor


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